City of St. Catharines Celebrates Emancipation Day With Flag Raising Ceremony

 Join in a community gathering on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at                        noon for the raising the pan-African flag at                       St. Catharines City Hall in downtown St. Catharines

An Invite to All from the Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association

Posted July 30th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

St. Catharines, Ontario – The City of St. Catharines celebrated Emancipation Day on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at noon by raising the pan-African flag at City Hall downtown.  

Emancipation Day is August 1 by statute in Ontario and marks the declaration of freedom for slaves of African descent in most of the British colonies. The flag raising request was made by the Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association.

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik said, “We are proud to celebrate Emancipation Day once again in St. Catharines. We have great history here and commemorating Emancipation Day is a reminder of the courage and tenacity of the ancestors of the Black communities here in St. Catharines and also in Niagara and throughout North America.” 

Vicki-Lynn Smith, a member of the Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association and a fifth generation descendant of freedom seekers settled in St. Catharines, explained, “Emancipation Day is important not only for Ontario and Canada but for most of the former British Empire where people of African descent were freed.”

“Slavery is not only something in Canada’s past but we are still dealing with its legacy today though many do not acknowledge it. The Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association welcomes the City of St. Catharines celebrating Emancipation Day as an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to abolishing continuing inequality.”

The Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association was founded in 2018 and the majority of its members are racialized residents of the Niagara Region.

The Association was founded to tackle the issue of racism in the Niagara Region and beyond, in order to participate in the creation of a just and equal society.

The Association’s Facebook Page is at

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